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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
inclusion.
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
STEAM – STEM – STREAM – CSTEM – STEMsquared and
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
access.
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.
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Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect
William Jackson, M.Ed.
HBCU Alumni – South Carolina State University
HBCU Instructor – Edward Waters College
Social Media Visionary for #MyQuestToTeach
Share your voice, share your story, let the world
hear you.

  1. Why Do You Blog – bloggers must have a reason to
    do what they do. There should be passion and commitment
    when putting fingers to keyboard. Why you blog is a very
    important statement and should have a definite answer and
    purpose.
    During the blogging process “why” may change just as
    content changes, every blogger should have an answer
    as to Why Do You Blog.

    2. Who Is Your Demographic – an important element
    to go along with Why is; Who is your demographic?
    Is there an age group, gender, nationality, lifestyle,
    culture or specific group you want to connect with?
    People enjoy having a connection with bloggers. Any
    successful blogger knows who their audience is and
    tries to give them what they need and to provide
    relevant content.

    3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is
    very important.
    You want your audience to understand that you are sharing
    a part of yourself with them. You’re not thrusting things
    down their throat, but providing something that they need
    or as you grow in your writing giving your readers something
    they think they need. Create the atmosphere of sharing
    which helps in receiving feedback from the
    reader/viewer.

    4. How Do You Support Your Brand
    Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is
    there a lot of advertising, is there adult content, video,
    audio, and multimedia?
    Supporting your content on a platform requires some
    research on your part to validate you and build your
    Brand. In the educational, political, and business
    environments you have to backup what you have stated
    with dynamic information links, quotes, and data.
    In your blogging you’re competing with traditional media
    so go that extra step to help readers understand where
    you’re coming from, how it can help them and where else
    they can go for additional resources.

    5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of
    a picture, video or multimedia element can never be under
    estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create
    your own do it. This provides an extra element to attract
    and keep readers to your content.
    Search Engine Optimization(SEO) does need help with text
    (words), but additional elements that provide audio
    (podcasting), video (YouTube) and multimedia to create an
    interactive platform. Never be scared to branch off into
    new areas to help engage and excite your readers.

    6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your
    audience? What type of service or services do you have?
    The popular blogs of relationship building, natural hair, nails
    (hands and feet) provide a service that can be seen and is
    engaging.
    There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on
    what service you can provide if this is your choice. Be sure
    that you can keep your customers happy.

    7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about
    blogging is keeping and expanding your audience, that
    means evolving.
    No blog stays the same just as people change, there is an
    evolutionary process that writers go through. Just as age
    and maturity happens so should a bloggers content evolve
    because their readers evolve and change. What you wrote
    3 years ago will not be of the same interest for your readers
    now. Their lives have evolved (changed) so as a blogger
    your content must evolve also.

    8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to
    the public?
    What are you known for, what does the title of your Blog
    bring thoughts and feelings of? Branding is important
    because of the interest it generates in readership. Creating
    a Brand allows for Marketability and potential profits.
    Branding shows you, who you are so the public will make
    that connection.

    9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one
    important aspects of blogging. Eventually a blogger considers
    how can they make money so must be wise in how they Market
    their content.
    This may take a team to get the word out about you and
    promote what you are doing. Social Media tools are diverse
    this must be strategic in application.
    These elements are worth considering and using as a
    guide to anyone blogging. Your blogging content, goals,
    designs and objectives will change the more you blog so be
    ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and
    stay important enough to be followed, read, quoted, inspiring,
    engaged and influential.

Branding Techniques for HBCU Students

20170309_163633EWC students in Educational Technology must keep a blog active .

Branding Techniques for HBCU Students
by William Jackson
Social Media Visionary for My Quest To Teach
Inspired by “Knockout Branding Techniques”
Bridget N. Armstrong, Black Enterprise 2009

Competition is tough, the fields of study in higher
education need to be mapped out because competition
is not only local it is national and international
HBCU students continue to face a serious delima in
their approach to relevant and stable career choices.

Educational opportunities have never been more
accessable and equitable, but globally our world
economy has created increased competition.
When I say equitable, todays students have access
to the best resource in history, the World Wide Web
and connected databases, historical literature,
publications from globally and even experts in their
career fields.

Never before in history have students had access to
global learning opportunties that allow for unpresidented
learning and networking. The trick is to get students
to see it, understand it and apply that learning.
Teaching the skills of reading for comprehension is
important even in higher education.

HBCU students during their college careers should
be developing their Brands and their personal Niches.
They, HBCU students need to understand what an
entrepreneur is because the majority of them are and
the value to the process of networking and true
to the meaning of pressing the flesh to be the best
should be taught.

In my Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
class, too many students even senior did not know what
STEM, STEAM and STREAM where, what PLC – Professional
Learning Communities and PLN – Professional Learning
Networks are and how they work. PLN’s online like
#EduMatch, #FlEdChat, #UrbanEdChat and others where
professionals speak honestly about their careers in
unfiltered ways. Providing best practices, strategies,
knowledge based skills to work smarter.

HBCU juniors and seniors should know the top 5 people
in their course of study, they should know the
educational requirements and where to find advice on
what Social Media platform for jobs, internships and
where is the best place to be hired. There is no time
for being silly or even stupid when you have a tool
that can spread your Brand instantly around the world.

This information is necessary for building a successful
foundation to grow and create professional and
personal stability. To go along with careers, HBCU
students must be unique and original by building a
position for themselves online and offline. Creating
and re-creating to establish their credibility in
E- reputations, E-personalities, E-Branding and what
the Niche will be.

20170309_162931EWC students must develop strategies to build their Brand and Marketing agenda

Asking these questions about how people see you, do people
see you as an innovator, creator, developer, community
activist. How diverse is your network of associates and
who you can call on for ideas and resources. Can you
“Codeswitch” in diverse environments and feel comfortable
about not losing yourself. Do you know if your an extrovert
or an introvert? Are you a thought leader or are you
cognitively complacent about community issues because you
have your success and everyone else needs to get theirs?

The world if full of diversity and requires situational
awareness. What tools do you have to handle stress,
set-backs, break-downs and even how to manage success?
HBCU students will face many challenges, so their preparation
must be strategic and applied to real life. Finding a mentor
to talk to, share ideas with and to have a person to vent
is important. HBCU students must develop a personal winners
reputation because every Brand is based on the reputation
created. Think about the minds of your audience, potential
customers, clients and even the competition. Your focus
as a student is to create, plan and build a reputation that
sustains your Brand and allows it to grow and open more
opportunties in the future.

Use the summer months to attend conferences, workshops,
find a mentor, visit and participate in library events
and volunteer as much as possible to build your PLN in
your community and city. If you fail to take advantage
of these things you may be missing out on internships,
scholarships and business opportunties that others will
take advantage of and grow from.

You are your own worst enemy and your own best marketing
tool.

20170427_162324The diversity of EWC brings in depth and experiences from exposure, cultural growth
and sharing of ideas. Respect, acceptance, Codeswitching, collaboration, cooperation and
tolerance are key words that should be applied.

Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses

Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses

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Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses
by William Jackson
Social Media Visionary “My Quest To Teach”

“Xplosion 2017 A Break Through to a New You”

“There has never been a quiet Xplosion – live life!!!”
Terri Drummond, Community Activist and Entrepreneur

The ability to make significant changes in homes, communities,
or even in cities must be accomplished through education and
business involvement. Being an entrepreneur offers the
opportunity to create not just financial stability, it creates
opportunities for generational financial stability and continued
successes.
The recent “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You”
summit has shown that women of color and culture can be
successful in business and being entrepreneurs.
To have progress people must have control of their finances,
they must be able to determine where their monies are going
and what to invest in to make qualitative and quantitative
change.

Present at the summit where over 50 women that earned
higher educational degrees and involved in some form of
business and entrepreneurialism. Attending also where
young women with dreams of owning their own business,
not just working for someone else.

The Keynote speaker Dr. Monekka Munroe, Virginia Union
University, TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Great Minds Publishing
shared her educational and professional journey.
Achieving educational success and business success are only
accessible through determination, having a plan and the under-
standing that you must set goals, monitor your associations,
value education and learning. Life is a life-long journey of living
and learning.

The “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You” allowed
women to share their testimonies of having to overcome
challenges from family issues, educational challenges and
even medical challenges that may strike unexpectedly.
The importance of a strong prayer life and walking with a
purpose are fundamental keys to remaining mentally and
spiritually stable.

The summit encouraged the opportunity of unity and
collaboration of future projects and initiatives that will
benefit more families in their respective communities.
Business cards were readily shared to provide a platform
of community resources that showed economic strength
and the influence of commerce.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
Eleanor Roosevelt #WomenInBusiness #BlackGirlsRock

Women have historically been denied access to the resources
to build their dreams, education provides the necessary
mental materials to understand the process and purpose of
how to start, manage and expand a business. Stated several
times that women are already great managers because  they
understand how to balance a family, organization and planning
are key, long range goals and the implementation of strategies
to move from week to week or month to month are required.

A successful home is only accomplished from proper
planning and scheduling, women are trained already
by their mothers, grandmothers and even aunties that
inherently pass this knowledge down through the
generations. Transferring these skills into a business is
second nature.

The workshops provided by veteran entrepreneurs
and business leaders ranged from how to start a
business, to the passion needed to sustain a business,
to personal challenges of finance, investment, family
contributions and hindrances.

Presented was a fashion show by Yvonne Cooney, feat.
Traci Lynn Jewelry. Vendors styled and profiled their
products and services to those attending. Events like
this are not just a quick hit, they are expanding the
opportunities for women to grow because they provide
a professional learning network of women that are
like minded and passion driven. The access to pro-
fessional learning communities that offer mentorship
and role models.

“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble
making individual.” – Natalie Clifford Barney
One of the embers to spark the fire of discussion of why
women should go into business and to become entre-
preneurs is that fear can keep you from working towards
your dreams. Stated several times, “Your past can paralyze
you or propel you,” women should not allow their past
mistakes in relationships, finances and other business
ventures to stop them from working towards their goals.

They are the engineers of their future successes and
accomplishments. No one can share their passion and
excitement because it is within them like birthing a child.
The pain is worth the outcome……

Wyatt Reid – Edward Waters College Student
“Trust- trust in your brand as well as trust through
the community. With trust you can build a successful
organization and team. Trust takes time and you need
to define who you are. Develop your culture and allow
you to take off…”

The relationships formed and the trusts gained that
each person is a support system could be seen and
felt. There are increasing women businesses that are
influencing communities and generations.

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Resources:
Xplosion 2017 Photos via William Jackson
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/
williamdjackson/Xplosion%202017/story

Why Blacks Have To Start Businesses
a serious discussion on why Blacks need to
have businesses to influence commerce and
build generational stability.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALEodaehZfw

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

 

The Importance of Women To
Build Up Your Mind

by William Jackson: Father,
Educator, Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

The value of reading and joy of literacy can change
lives. It has happened with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Malcolm X and others that proclaim education is the key
to generational prosperity.
Books focusing on women and their achievements are not
rare, but available, girls and women are not reading
great books about themselves. These books are sitting
on bookshelves gathering dust and pages are fading away
like the memories of the great writers, storytellers
and the information that can motivate, excite and
change minds.

Chinua Achebe the great Nigerian author of many books
that are still popular today has stated that the author
has a different agenda than the Emperor. Colonization
seeks to keep the people un or under educated so they
cannot see that they can do better.

As I sift through the fantastic books in my local library
here in Jacksonville, Florida, I’m at awe and sorrowed
that it seems I’m the only one that previewed the
historic content of information dedicated to African
Americans. The excitement I feel is overwhelming
because I want to share these treasures of stories about
wonderful women of color, but it seems no one else is
interested. I do not know if it is by design or on
accident, either way the stories of lives that have inspired,
influenced and empowered are fading away from memory
and gather dust on bookshelves not just in Jacksonville
Florida, but nationally and globally.

Lets me be honest there are few if any left African
American book stores in African American neighborhoods
because African Americans are not reading as they once did.
There is the mental retardation that reading is not
valuable so not only economically do we as a people
fail, but educationally and culturally as our own
history is watered down to inefficiency and insignificance.

Suggestions for daughters/women struggling with
personality and self purpose. Be yourself and be authentic.
Don’t be pressured into sex or other situations that do not
benefit you intellectually and educationally.
As a father I look forward to my daughter getting
married and having children of her own. The upsetting
issue is what kind of man will she fall in love with
and bear their children.
The dating scene for college students is perplexing,
dangerous, and challenging for the hopes of getting
a good man and even men getting a good wife.

 

Fathers inwardly
stress about this
and there are T-shirts
referencing guns, murder,
jail time and even
castration if a fathers’
daughter is abused,
assaulted, “knocked up,”
or hurt. Men are crazy like
that about their daughters.
Movies such as “Blood Father”
2016 represents that fathers
are not perfect, but mess with
their daughters and there is

hell to pay.

I’m smart enough to know it takes two to make a
baby, as a father of a son and daughter, it is
hoped and prayed that both parties are responsible
in their choices for life time mates and companions.
Sex does not last forever, but the value of
companionship, conversation and compatibility is vital.
I can’t tell my children not to have sex because as
Nikki Giovanni once said, “that’s what young people do,
have sex.” Edward Waters College 2012
Interviewing Nikki Giovanni at Edward Waters College 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc
Parents have to teach their children the consequences
of sexual intercouse not just the potential for STD’s
or pregnancy, but the emotional and psychological
consequences also.

Nikki and William
https://myquesttoteach.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/nikki-giovanni-and-william-jackson.jpg

Looking at the patterns of teens and college students
and even from my observations from my college experiences
babies happen from sex. I cannot count how many girls
went home during my college years pregnant and no man,
no husband and an uncertain future to struggle it alone
with a child that the father was happy to help create
even if unintentional, but did not want anything to
do with it after finding out his seed fertilized an egg.

As a divorced parent, I stayed in my children’s life,
not because of court orders, because I love my children
and even though divorced from their mother I did not
divorce my kids. I stayed in their lives, supporting
beyond child support and ignoring my so called peers
to show my ex-wife who is boss and leave the kids also.
I’m not perfect, no parent is, as a parent my fears
sometimes as many fathers leave me awake late at night,
in prayer about the future of my son and daughter.
My son for different reasons being African
American male and a college student.
A blog for another time.

 

 

This past Women
History’s Month there
were programs,
ceremonies, workshops,
entertainment and special
events. My contribution
as a father is daughters,
girls and young women
don’t be swayed by smooth
talking brothers of any color into making a decision
based on physical pleasure that is temporary, but
could result in life long consequences from pregnancy,
a STD, abortion, or other events that may lead to
emotional, physical or psychological distress.
The older you become the more your past may begin to
haunt you and your reliance on salvation turns back
to the church and saving your soul, also a blog for
another time.

Visiting the local library in Jacksonville, Florida
a thought came to mind..
The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
to emphasis that before a man gets into bed, women need
to get into their heads to understand the relationships
and commitment levels. Since the maturity level is
sometimes light years separate both need to make sure they
are consensual and mature enough to be in agreement.

NO means NO and a maybe still means NO unless willingly
changed to a YES without alcohol, drugs or smooth talking…
even then protection needs to be agreed on because as I
have taught my son and especially my daughter you don’t
know how many others that person has claimed or lied
that they slept with, but once you do all of you are
connected in a physical, emotional and psychological
connection that lasts a life time. Sex is a bonding
physical action of trading bodily fluids that are
absorbed into the body and the meshing of souls in a
emotional, physical and psychological embrace. Like the
old folks saying, if you lay with dogs long enough
you get fleas and ticks. Now you can get more than
that, because death maybe laying there waiting on you.

There is nothing wrong with being smart, intelligent,
creative, innovative and adventurous for girls and women.
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best in life
and working for it as a women.
Don’t ever sell yourself, sell yourself short and use
your body for profit, personal or professional gain.
People have lost their morality, ethics and personal
value because of decisions based on momentary decisions
they are struggling with into adulthood.

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
is a way for a dialogue of talking about life and the
journey all of us must take. Fathers value their daughters,
but in that value must also come the understanding that
daughters must find their way in life as well. There will
be happiness, heartache, loves, un-loves, peace, strife
and the continuation of living in a world that can
chew you up and spit you out or try to turn you away from
the morality of humanity.

Fathers be in prayer, stay in prayer and share those prayers
with your daughters and sons. We have to take advantage of
the youthfulness of our children to teach them when
they are young and before we are old. It is easier to
shape a young sapling when it can bend with the wind than
when it becomes a tree and the roots are dug in and the
trunk un-movable.

Fathers teach your daughters their mind and their bodies
are the most valuable assets they have and to never allow
anyone to take advantage of them and use them for someone
else pleasure and purpose. The books below are a
journey in lives, a wealth of hidden information
and resources.

Take the time to visit your local library and even get
a library card to check out books for your reading
and literacy pleasure. Put something between your legs
that will bring value to your life.

Knowledge from Nikki Giovanni and her outlook on life and living.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

Resources:

Lunch and Learn with
Nikki Giovanni
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/

Nikki Giovanni at
Edward Waters College
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/nikki-giovanni-at-edward-waters-college/